The StoryHello, my name is Aviel Mann Ballo, and I'm a founding member of the Santa Rosa, California-based filmmaking collective Inverted Mongoose Industries (http://www.youtube.com/InvertedMongoose). We began making movies together while attending Santa Rosa High School, and haven't stopped since. Some of our pieces went on to win awards at numerous student film festivals. Now some of our members are attending college at UC Berkeley, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Cal Poly, and Reed College, and one is spending a year abroad in the Czech Republic.
Back in 2008, during our freshman year, we came up with this rather preposterous idea to write a black comedy in the style of the explotation films of the '60s and '70s about a Colombian drug cartel that slaughters an entire troop of Boy Scouts, leaving the lone survivor to embark upon a bloody quest for revenge. We laughed continuously throughout the writing of the script, jokingly entitled it Machinehouse Armageddon, then essentially did nothing with it.
Fast-forward to today: we've put four years of editorial work into the script, and we've finally found the time and the cast to actually make it. To get a feel for the style and the humor of the film, here's a preview of the script for your reading pleasure:
This film will be bigger than anything we've ever attempted before. Much bigger. Machinehouse Armageddon takes place accross a vast expanse of forests, plains, and cityscapes, and features a small army of extras. And we need your help to make it.
The Give & The GetThe money you donate will go to one of three places:
- Props and Costumes (50%)
- Special Effects Equipment (30%)
- On-Set Sustenance for the Cast and Crew (20%)
In other words, the funds you so generously contribute will literally buy much of what you end up seeing on-screen, as well as keep the people on and off the screen fed and content.
Even a modest donation comes with a number of perks - things like DVDs and Blu-Rays, digital downloads, t-shirts, and even an on-set (possibly virtual) visit. A full list of perks can be found just to the right of the text you are currently reading.
If we don't reach our funding goal, it will be very difficult to continue with production. As college student-filmmakers, we simply don't have the money or resources to fund this kind of massive enterprise ourselves. We need your help to bring this twisted cinematic child into existence.
The Why"Why?" you might ask, "should I fund a silly little film like this?" The answer is more complex than you might at first think. By helping us realize our vision here, you allow us to enter our film into festivals around the country and gain recognition. That in turn gets us exposure and provides more opportunities for us to make more inspired cinema in the future. Multiply that cycle by one hundred, and your contributions have single-handedly launched the film careers of the next generation of visionary directors, producers, and actors.
Don't have the money to contribute but want to help? That's easy! Just share this page (http://igg.me/at/machinehousearmageddon) with friends and family and help us get our plea for fundraising salvation into the world. IndieGoGo has a number of easy-to-use sharing tools built right in to the site that allow you to share our campaign on your favorite social media platforms with ease.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can help us make this film!